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At Robert Wilkinson our motto is “Proud to work, learn and grow together” and this starts at the very beginning of your child’s time with us. We view children as strong, competent, capable and powerful with enormous potential for learning. The environment that we provide enables the children to foster and develop these skills. Our curriculum themes set the early foundations for future learning throughout their school journey.
We believe that creativity can be found in any activity and is strongly encouraged. Our staff observe and listen to the children as they play and learn and encourage them to be creative through effective, sensitive questioning and modelling alongside the children. There is a strong focus on communication skills and vocabulary building.

Activities are documented on a whole class and individual basis through photographs and written observations and these are celebrated through each child’s individual Learning Journey via a system called Tapestry. This Learning Journey follows the child through from the beginning of their Preschool time until they leave to move into our Reception classes.

All teaching and learning are underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. More information on this can be found on the “Early Years Curriculum” page of our website https://rwprimary.co.uk/early-years-curriculum/

Children have long periods of uninterrupted play in an indoor and outdoor environment that encourages them to be independent yet collaborative, to take risks and develop perseverance and resilience and to learn to problem solve and challenge themselves. We place great emphasis on Outdoor Learning and enjoy using the vast outdoor facilities and environment that our school is fortunate enough to have.

In our Seedlings Class teaching and learning is mainly child led. This means that staff closely observe how the children are engaged in their chosen activities and come alongside them to then teach them and further their learning “in the moment”. This enables children to learn whilst they are doing what they are particularly interested in and are, therefore, more highly motivated and engaged and more likely to learn.

To build on their early experience in Seedlings and help prepare our children for school, in our Saplings Class some activities are adult initiated and led. These activities tend to be to ensure the teaching of specific skills and an adult can model specific learning strategies to aid learning. There will be some time spent on early phonics and maths development.


Reciprocal relationships between adults and children are essential and we respect and value the relationships we have with our children and their parents and carers. We welcome parents and carers sharing with some of our activities such as our regular half termly “Stay and Play” sessions, Christmas activities or Parents Evenings.

We value our relationships with the wider community too, with the rest of the school and with our partnership Nurseries in the village. We also take part in wider whole school events.


Daily Timetable

Session Times:

Mornings only – 8.30-11.30am

Mornings + lunch – 8.30am – 12noon

Afternoons only – 12noon – 3pm

All day – 8.30am – 3pm

Session Fees

Before children are eligible for funding, sessions are paid for. Our hourly rate is £5.40 making our sessions £16.20 and a whole day £35.10

Once eligible for funding, this may be used to pay for up to 15 or 30 hours, depending on eligibility. Any sessions above this amount will need to be paid for.

Parents may also pay for sessions using Childcare Vouchers.


Hot dinners are available to Pre-School children at a cost of £2.75 per day. These can be ordered and paid for in advance on our online ParentPay system. Alternatively, children may bring their own packed lunch.

The Pre-School children eat their lunches in the Brown Hall situated in the main school building. They mix with their FS2 friends and it helps enormously with the transition to FS2.

 If children do a whole day and they are entitled to Free School Meals this can be claimed please ask at the school office for further information.


Session availability

We take children from the age of 2. They are able to attend mornings, mornings plus lunches, afternoons or full days.

Children may be entitled to 15 hours free funding for 2 year olds. Please visit the Childcare Choices website for more information https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

The term after a child turns 3, they are entitled to a Universal 15 hours Government funding. 

Some children may also be eligible for an Additional 15 hours funding depending on the meeting of certain criteria

For Preschool enquiries contact: preschool.rws@ebor.academy


Pre-School children wear a red sweatshirt to show that we are part of the wider school community and this is required for all children. Some children wear the full school uniform – we are very flexible, but do ask that all children wear a red sweatshirt.

As we learn outside in all weathers, we ask that each child has a pair of wellies to keep at Pre-School as well as a waterproof suit that is big enough to go over the top of any thicker coat they might also wear. Our Forest Schools uniform can be found here



We are fully inclusive of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and children who have other additional needs. All staff work alongside these children and their parents, as well as the SEND Team within school to  employ various supportive strategies so that the children make progress and enjoy successful outcomes and access the curriculum alongside their peers.